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British MPs strike deal on new press watchdog

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Britain's newspapers vowed to scrutinise a deal struck by politicians on a tough new press regulator, which they warn threatens 318 years of press freedom. 

Members of the Hacked Off campaign hold up a sign showing how many people have signed the petition for a free but accountable press in Britain outside parliament in London, December 3, 2012. Britain's newspapers vowed to scrutinise a deal struck by politicians on a tough new press regulator, which they warn threatens 318 years of press freedom.

MPs insisted the agreement would rein in misdeeds exposed by the News of the World phone-hacking scandal without curbing press freedom, but newspapers said the government had "crossed the Rubicon".

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